SDK and Exchange for iPhone (and not mush-room left)

iT's iT Blogwatch: iN which the iPhone gets an SDK and Exchange support -- or at least it will get it, mid-year. Not to mention habitual plumbing woes...

Gregg Keizer reports:

Apple Inc. ... unveiled a software developer's kit (SDK) that hands over the tools third-party developers need to write native, rather than Web-based, applications for the iPhone ... The company also ... licensed protocols from rival Microsoft Corp. to add Exchange support ... [using] ActiveSync ... However, both new functions -- Exchange support and the ability to install non-Apple applications -- won't be added to the iPhone until June ... in the Version 2.0 upgrade to the iPhone ... messages, appointments and contacts transferred from a company's Exchange mail server will end up in the iPhone's existing e-mail, calendar and address book applications. more

Eric Bangeman adds:

Developers will use Cocoa Touch, a new SDK for the iPhone. Cocoa Touch supports multitouch events and controls, the accelerometer, view hierarchy, localization, alerts, web view, people picker, image picker, and camera ... Applications for the iPhone will be available through the AppStore ... Developers will be able to set their own prices (including "free") and will keep 70 percent of the revenues. more

But what about home-grown IT apps? Jacqui Cheng knows:

How will private organizations distribute internal apps to their employees on iPhones without allowing the whole world to download them through the AppStore? ... Apple is working on "a version of" the AppStore that will allow enterprise customers to distribute apps to send-users securely ... This way, companies (such as Apple, even) will be able to send out company-specific apps to a few hundred employees without those apps being accessible to the unwashed masses. And if an organization decides to set the price as "free" (as Jobs said was possible during his presentation), then it should be accessible to anyone at no cost at all. more

Scott McNulty checks his mail:

The first thing you think of with ActiveSync is Push Email (that's when email is sent to your iPhone as soon as it is received, as opposed to on a schedule like every 15 minutes). ActiveSync includes that as well as wireless calendar syncing, wireless contact syncing, [and] remote wipe of the device if it is lost. This goes way beyond simple email, folks. This only works when you're connected to an Exchange backend though, so don't be afraid that someone can randomly wipe all the data from your iPhone. more

Jordan Golson cracks the whip:

The best thing about the iPhone has always been how it allows you to avoid work emails. "Sorry, dude, it doesn't support Exchange! Text me!" If you wanted to give your boss an electronic leash, you'd have bought a BlackBerry, right? No longer true: Apple is adding enterprise support to the iPhone ... Also on tap: Cisco VPN support and other security enhancements. Congratulations, early adopters: Your symbol of indie cred is now a tool of the man. This will increase Apple's sales, but somehow that just makes it worse: Jobs will laugh all the way to the bank as you cry into your no-foam soy latte. more

Rob Griffiths has come over all fanboi on us:

It’s not often I write something completely positive about Apple…but there are exceptions to every rule ... As a user who has had third-party applications on his iPhone almost since such a thing was first possible, I had concerns that Apple wouldn’t quite understand how well this system had been working. But now, ... I am happy to admit I was completely off-base with my concerns. I think Apple has hit a proverbial home run here ... By adding full Exchange support, remote wipe capabilities, Cisco IPsec VPN, WPA2, and other such features, Apple has removed all the roadblocks to large-scale corporate purchasing ... About the only downside here is that Windows developers will need to purchase a Mac to develop for the iPhone…as if having to buy a Mac is a downside. more

Andrew Orlowski is like Marmite:

Steve Jobs' justifiably calls MultiTouch the biggest Apple innovation since the first Macintosh. Although hyperbole billows out of Jobs like smoke from an out-of-control dry ice machine, I think he's fully justified in being proud of the implementation ... But this UI needs to go to work, if it's to be more than a toy. And if Apple is to avoid the doldrums that becalmed the original Mac, Apple needs to kick-start that process now, as it unveils the third-party SDK for the iPhone and Touch ... So the SDK, and Apple's choice of the applications it regally approves, is critical. Mobile data services are a really tough proposition, with ideas that look great on paper failing in the real world. more

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Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/adviser/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and spam. A 20 year, cross-functional IT veteran, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You too can pretend to be Richi's friend on Facebook, or just use boring old email: blogwatch@richi.co.uk.

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